Nonfiction on Muhammad, Herod, Medieval People, & Ancient Greece | Xpress Reviews

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The narratives of Islam’s prophet, Herod and a picture of ancient Near Eastern power politics, works on essential medieval thinkers, and an excellent overview of significant Greek events and personages

Elaine Stritch, Women’s Health, Coney Island History, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews

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Not a tribute but an excellent warts-and-all revelation of a massive talent and ego, a revolutionary way of doing business and an odyssey of female empowerment, the first eight titles in Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics line make their high-def debuts

Fiction from Chiang, Johansen; Nonfiction from Marsh, plus Celebrity Writers and Life Up in the Air | Audiobook Reviews

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A collection of stories mixes vivid characters, real science, and believable settings with wild speculation; an essential audiobook for libraries, poised to become the next big thing; a comprehensive biography with warmth and perspective

Nonfiction on Finding “Maybe,” Moonshine, Alzheimer’s, Fermentation, Good Ideas, Neil Young | Xpress Reviews

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A gem on finding hope, a shot of moonshine history, a mother and son share Alzheimer’s, steps to master fermenting, on being creative, a new title for Neil Young completists

Nonfiction on Napa Cuisine, John Fahey, Making Mead, Nazi-Occupied Paris, & Ancient Egypt | Xpress Reviews

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Kostow’s philosophy of cuisine, the life of John Fahey, Preserving Everything, foraging for wild edibles, making mead a home, for those with an interest in French/World War II history, the fascinating civilization of ancient Egypt

A Busman’s Holiday of Books | Wyatt’s World

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Get caught up in children’s literature, publication battles, annotated works, and investigations into the process of reading with these titles from the experts.

Nonfiction: Film, Baby Foods, Queen Victoria, Seeds, Women’s Basketball, Slavery, & More | Xpress Reviews

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Film, recipes for young children, saving seeds from the garden, Queen Victoria, Brittney Griner on her life in basketball, Hobsbawm on society, Kreeft on faith, monetary policy, baseball, India, Rebbe Schneerson, black women in the civil war

Nonfiction: Tudor England, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Black Panthers, and Martin Luther King Jr. | Xpress Reviews

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Tudor adventurers for fans of travel narratives, Ham’s excellent work continues the atomic war debate, new details on civil rights history from a Black Panther, and Smiley on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dealing with Loss, Cool Cookbooks, Slowing Down, End-of-Life Issues | Xpress Reviews

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Going through the grieving process, a rainbow-colored cookbook from Meringue Girls, summer food has never looked better, a narrative is about taking it slow, and choice, freedom from suffering, and perhaps even joy through hospice

The Future of Food, Fiction from Mengestu, Priest, & Rowell, plus Memoir by Ward | Audio Reviews

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Barber’s Third Plate stands out as an essential book about food, Mengestu’s sad and harrowing tale of identity, responsibility, and love, a new dramatization that blends fantasy and steampunk into something very fun

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